We believe that every dog deserves a happy home. If you've ever worked with or had a rescue dog, you know that they can make wonderful pets. And if you are bringing a rescue dog home for the first time, this blog has covered you.
Bringing a rescue dog into your house is a big responsibility. When a new dog moves into a new home, the first few days can be quite challenging as they get adjusted to you, your house, and your daily routine. This can be particularly traumatic for a dog that has previously lived in a foster home or a rescue centre, so proceed with caution and care.
Here are a few tips and suggestions that you might need as you bring a new member home.
Before bringing a rescue dog home:
1. Ensure that your house is dog-proof
A little preparation may go a long way toward helping your dog adjust to his new surroundings and making your life a lot simpler. Do a check on your garden, your dog's play area, and your house. Dogs can get into trouble, escape, or harm themselves. You don't want this!
Many rescue centres conduct a home inspection to ensure that your house is acceptable for the dog you have reserved.
2. Introducing the dog to the household
Taking in a rescue dog and training it will require the cooperation and commitment of everyone in the household. And so, everyone must meet the dog.
To prevent disturbing your new dog:
- Introduce children and other pets slowly.
- Advise your kids to remain calm and not yell and move suddenly.
- Ask them to wait for the dog to approach as this will allow the dog to approach cautiously and analyse these new and interesting critters.
With other dogs, it's best to have the initial encounter take place in an open area, such as on a walk, so that all the dogs can feel secure. Do not introduce your cat right away if you have your pet. Switch their scents so that they are already familiar with each other before you introduce them properly.
3. Toilet training on arrival
Immediately after bringing home your new rescue dog, allow them to relieve themselves outside and lavish them with affection and praise. Dogs are creatures of habit, and they will return to the same spot to relieve themselves.
Scheduled toilet trips for your dog every two hours, starting with the first thing in the morning and continuing through every meal. Before you retire to sleep, go for a final walk outside.